1. Explora is not open to the public, per the Governor’s public health order. 
  2. Phase One re-opening of Explora began with the return of Explora Summer Camps. Virtual camps began May 26, and in-person summer camps began on June 15. Both run through August 7. To register please visit: https://test.explora.us/en/educational-programs/camps/
  3. There is no date for Phase Two: re-opening for general admission, per the Governor’s public health order. Visit our social media channels for updates and continued STEAM programming: FacebookInstagram, & Twitter

Thank you!

  1. Explora no está abierto al público, según la orden de salud pública de la Gobernadora.
  2. La reapertura de la Fase Uno de Explora comenzó con el regreso de los Campamentos de Verano Explora. Los campamentos virtuales comenzaron el 26 de Mayo, y los campamentos de verano en persona comenzaron el 15 de Junio. Ambos se extenderán hasta el 7 de Agosto. Para registrarse, visite: https://test.explora.us/en/educational-programs/camps/
  3. En este momento, no hay fecha para la Fase Dos: reapertura para admisión general, según la orden de salud pública de la Gobernadora. Visite nuestros canales de redes sociales para actualizaciones y programación continua de STEAM: Facebook, Instagram y Twitter.

Muchisimas gracias. 

2020 Exhibit News

Mechanics Alive!

Get an up-close look at a collection of wonderful automata, which are artistic mechanical sculptures. These intricately hand-crafted artworks are making Explora their exclusive stop in New Mexico. This is the second visit of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre automata to Explora, and there are both new artworks and old favorites included in the collection, which will be shown in groupings throughout the museum.

Water Flow Patio Re-opens
March 8, 2020

Our Water Flow Patio, an exhibit area that offers outdoor experimentation and investigation into the intriguing properties of water, comes out of winter hibernation today, and will be open throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Water Flow Patio



Explora is a new kind of learning place! We welcome visitors of all ages, and provide real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. Explora strives to provide exhibits that nurture thoughtful activity. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math exhibits are designed to engage visitors of all ages, and the scale of most exhibits is small, fitting on tabletops. The parts are hand-sized and made for manipulating. We make exhibits with interactive qualities, such that both exhibit and users are changed even in small and unexpected ways by the encounters, while leaving evidence of previous activity for the next user.

Explora entices every visitor with wonderfully engaging exhibits around every turn. You can move freely as your intrigue captures you or plan your visit with our handy exhibits guide. Offered in English and in Spanish.

Make the most of your Exhibit Explorations!
Download Explora Visitor’s Guide
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Explora’s exhibit areas – Ground floor

Engineering Gravity / La ingeniería de la gravedad

Experiment with balls and ramps to slow down the effects of gravity. How can you use friction, slope, and momentum to send a marble down a ramp on a pegboard wall?

Water of Life; Life of Water / Agua de la vida; La vida del agua

Explore water and its unique characteristics. Is water sticky? Can it flow uphill? What patterns will water make when different objects interrupt its flow?

Water Flow Patio

Outdoor water exhibits. These exhibits are a little bit wetter than our indoor water exhibits, and offer just as many possibilities for experimentation and investigation into the intriguing properties of water. Can you build a dam out of LEGO® DUPLO® blocks? What happens when you pump water into a water tower that’s ten feet tall? Can you move a solar panel so it powers a fountain of your own design?

LEGO® and  DUPLO®  are a trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this web site.


Experiments for our youngest visitors.

Arts and Crafts Workshop / Taller de artes manuales y artesanías

Work with recycled materials for making anything you can imagine. Can you make an object that is physically or visually balanced? Can you make something that doesn’t look like anything else?

Airworks / Obras Aéreas

The air around us is composed of a mixture of gases that we are inhaling, exhaling, and interacting with all the time. While it might seem like air isn’t much of anything, it is actually a fluid, has mass, and is subject to gravity. Explore how air helps us do work, including hands-on exploration related to rockets, parachutes, hovercrafts, airplanes, helicopters, windmills, and more.

Light, Shadow, Color / Luz, sombra, color

Investigate light. Can you make light bounce? What affects how much light will bend? What makes things focused or blurry? What makes a shadow big or small? What produces a yellow shadow?

Experiment Bar / Barra de experimentación

Microscopes, Pigments, Chromatography… You never know what you’ll encounter in our Experiment Bar. Activities change throughout the month, and are available for visitors to drop in and explore during their visit.


Investigate the wonderful world of circles, curves, and spheres in this temporary exhibit, here through mid-December 2019 from Don Harrington Discovery Center.

math exhibit

Math Moves! / ¡Movidas matemáticas!

Get a feel for proportion – fractions, ratios, similarity, scaling, and percentages. Can you balance weight the same way you balance an equation? Why might a 120-tooth gear create a 5-segmented pattern when driven by a 24-tooth gear? What might the pattern be when a 36-tooth gear drives the 120? How do the locations of a weight or of pivot points change the force needed to lift a lever?

Explora’s exhibit areas – Upper floor

Charges, Currents, and Circuits / Descargas, corrientes y circuitos

Experiment with electricity. How can you make electricity? What does electricity need in order to flow and do the work we want it to do? What happens to electricity transmitted over a distance? How does a switch work? Can you make a light bulb turn on with only two wires?

Curious Bubbles / Burbujas curiosas

Blow, pop, dip, float, and swirl while you investigate all the amazing properties of bubbles in our newly developed bubble exhibit space. We have big bubbles and micro bubbles and everything in between with our exhibits built right here at Explora!

Riding the High Wire Bike two stories high / Montando la bicicleta de cuerda floja a dos pisos de altura

For safety reasons you must meet these requirements:
  • Height: Taller than 56 inches, but shorter than 6 feet 5 inches
  • Weight: Less than 225 pounds

Paradox Café / Café de las paradojas

Explore your perception. Are your eyes or your brain telling you the truth? How can our eyes be misled? How do black, white, shades of grey, and shadow affect our brains’ interpretations?

Rotary Pavilion

How would you build something you can sit inside? What can you transport using a wheelbarrow, a basket, or a 20-foot conveyor belt? In our “Working Together to Build a Village” exhibit area, tabletop and large-scale materials invite experimentation with architecture design, engineering, and construction. Families can build together, while enjoying a view of the Sandia Mountains.

Studio Inventivo

What do you want to invent today? Explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as you practice the joy of the design process in this innovative studio. How can you attach, alter, or adapt the form and function of common materials to make new creations or solutions?

Calming Corner / Rincón tranquilo

A comfortable, calming space with less stimulation. This area can be used for privacy, a place to regroup, or as a relaxing environment to take a break.

Nursing Nook / Cobijo de lactancia

A relaxing private area set aside for nursing mothers.

Sketch Theater!

Imagine, sketch, and release your very own animated character into the digital world. Watch as it comes to life in teamLab’s interactive installation from Japan. Explora will alternate the Sketch Aquarium with Sketch Town.

Bubble Science

Shapes of Sounds / Las formas de los sonidos

Discover properties of sound and vibration. What happens to the sound an object makes when you make part of it shorter or longer? What do sounds feel like? How does the mass of an object affect the way it vibrates or the sounds that it makes?

Challenge yourself: Find these mystery images during your visit to Explora!

Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.

Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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